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Wild Wild West
(1999)
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1999 Varèse
2020 Varèse
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Composed and Conducted by:

Co-Orchestrated and Produced by:
Emilie A. Bernstein

Co-Orchestrated by:
Patrick Russ
John Kull

Additional Music by:
Peter Bernstein
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LABELS & RELEASE DATES
Varèse Sarabande
(July 20th, 1999)

Varèse Sarabande
(Deluxe Edition)
(August 28th, 2020)
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ALBUM AVAILABILITY
The 1999 Varèse album was a regular U.S. release. Overbrook/Interscope Records released the song album (with Will Smith's song) a few weeks prior to the score album. The 2020 Varèse "Deluxe Edition" is limited to 2,000 copies and available initially for $20 through soundtrack specialty outlets. It was also made available digitally for $12.
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Buy it... if you expect to hear an outlandish Western parody score, for there's a fair dose of Stripes and Airplane! squeezed into this wildly schizophrenic romp.

Avoid it... if you are hoping to hear Elmer Bernstein write one last, great Western theme, for his merging of The Magnificent Seven and How the West Was Won here is stunted by the awkward presence of the film's parody elements.
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EDITORIAL REVIEW
FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #763
WRITTEN 7/31/99, REVISED 4/26/21
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Bernstein
Wild Wild West: (Elmer Bernstein/Peter Bernstein) During its run on television during the late 1960's, "The Wild Wild West" was an immensely popular show, living on for decades in syndication. The concept was cool, with two professionally but not personally friendly, gadget-wielding agents of the American government saving the country in the old West just after the Civil War. Many film adaptations of old shows have suffered terrible deaths through the years, but Wild Wild West may just take the trophy. Director Barry Sonnenfeld was typically a safe bet for a good blockbuster at the time, but the combination of Will Smith, Kevin Kline, and Kenneth Branagh in the leading roles, despite the lengthy credentials of the latter two, was almost as disastrous as the script. Few critics spared Wild Wild West their worst marks, lamenting the damage the film could do to the original series. This film was, for lack of a better word, stupid. It insulted the intelligence of 8-year-olds and left Smith dangling in the uncomfortable position of acting in a film that he obviously knew was awful and begged for awkward race-related questions, and it shows in his performance. Branagh, meanwhile, was widely mocked for his forced accent as the larger-than-life villain, and his technological contraptions are nowhere near possible for the era. Although Sonnenfeld originally wanted Hans Zimmer for this assignment, it's no surprise that he was talked into hiring veteran Elmer Bernstein for this project. Nearing retirement and exploring mostly dramatic film music in his final decade, Bernstein was still heralded at the time as the foremost living Western composer (despite Jerry Goldsmith and Ennio Morricone's well known contributions to the genre), and many collectors were enthusiastic to see Bernstein receive a mainstream, blockbuster assignment after several years of disappointments in the drama genre. The composer was also highly experienced in both quirky comedy and contemporary hip modes of writing throughout the 1970's and 1980's, of course, and both of those elements were destined for a place in the movie as well.


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Average: 2.46 Stars
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
1999 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 30:12
• 1. Main Title (3:00)
• 2. West Fights (1:14)
• 3. Dismissal (2:13)
• 4. East Meets West (1:15)
• 5. Of Rita, Rescue, and Revenge (5:43)
• 6. Trains, Tanks, and Frayed Ropes* (4:03)
• 7. The Cornfield (1:09)
• 8. Loveless' Plan (4:45)
• 9. Goodbye Loveless* (4:33)
• 10. Ride the Spider (2:14)
* additional music by Peter Bernstein
2020 Varèse Album Tracks   ▼Total Time: 75:55

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The insert of the 1999 Varèse album includes no extra information about the score or film. That of the 2020 product contains extensive details about both.
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